Emergency Management Officials Plan Strategy For Storm

Friday afternoon, emergency management officials met to discuss their plans for handling the Tropical Depression heading our way.

"We do not want people to take this storm lightly. Now, we're under a coastal flood watch. That will probably change," Harrison County EOC Director Rupert Lacy said.

Shelters opened at 5 p.m. If you go to a shelter, you need to bring your own supplies and food.

"A shelter will not have normally hot meals. If meals are provided, they'll be MREs. The first 12 hours in a shelter, you need to make sure you have everything you need, food water, your sleeping bag," Lacy said.

There are no orders being considered now by the state gaming commission that would impact casino operation, although they have been advised to remove any debris or construction material that may be nearby.

The Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport is also open. About 80 percent of the flights are booked this weekend.

Drawbridges will be closed to marine traffic when and if there are 35 mph sustained winds.

"That's so that we can still have road traffic. We do not want the bridge to be up in the upright position with the storm coming," Lacy said.